BHP Billiton weighing all options for its Nickel West business


BHP Billiton has announced that it has started reviewing its Western Australian Nickel West business consisting of the Mt Keith, Cliffs and Leinster mines and associated concentrators, the Kalgoorlie smelter, Kambalda concentrator and the Kwinana refinery.

Kwinana Nickel Refinery Image credit: flickr User: Nicolas Connault
Kwinana Nickel Refinery
Image credit: flickr User: Nicolas Connault

The review of the Nickel West business is in line with BHP’s already established practice of continually reviewing its operations to maximise value for its shareholders, and comes after the decision to shut down operation at the sub-level cave at Perseverance Underground mine due to safety concerns in December 2013.

According to the media release by BHP Billiton, the review is considering all possible courses of action regarding the long-term future of Nickel West, including the potential sale of all or part of the business.

“Nickel West is one of the world’s leading nickel producers. Our reputation is proudly built on the commitment and calibre of our people, and the support of our communities and stakeholders,” Nickel West Asset President, Paul Harvey said.

“Our focus on working safely and continuing to find and deliver ways to improve the competitiveness of our business is unchanged.”

The company has also advised that any potential course of action remains subject to detailed analysis and an assessment of alternatives.